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IN the aftermath of Italy's recently concluded election, no one knows who can and will govern the country. In fact, the best solution looks like an orderly one-year interregnum  marked by a couple of important reforms  and then a new vote in the spring of 2014.

The first reform to be enacted is a big cut in the number and income of national and regional politicians and of top civilian and military bureaucrats, who in many cases are the best paid in the world. The savings would not be huge, but the moral significance would be, for the recent divided vote delivered a clear verdict on at least one issue: the public's loathing for the country's elites.

IN his masterpiece Diplomacy, Henry Kissinger describes, probably too idyllically, the international balance-of-power system that, following the Congress of Vienna in 1814-1815, produced what came to be called the “Concert of Europe.” As Kissinger describes it, after the Napoleonic Wars, “There was not only a physical equilibrium, but a moral one. Power and justice were in substantial harmony.” Of course, the concert ended in cacophony with the outbreak of World War I in the summer of 1914.

WALKING the dog for a sick friend, visiting an elderly neighbor or helping a friend quit smoking can all increase your sense of well-being. Tal Ben-Shahar, who teaches a course on happiness at Harvard, always asks his students to do five small acts of kindness a day and record how they feel afterward. Invariably, students report they're happier the day after, and that happiness sometimes lasts longer than 24 hours. So open the door for an elderly person, give change to the homeless, say please and thank you and feed a stray dog. Small acts of kindness don't take much time or effort but can make a world of difference for both you and the recipients.

Nigerian past leaders (1975-90) had adjudicated between these various religious groups in Nigeria as the "Official" State religion. Quite unfortunately, religion had been added to the already ethnic divisions in the Nigerian political process. I believe that this is a salient food-for-thought for Nigerian leaders and those who have the best interests and the love of the nation at heart

“DESPITE the undeniable humongous potential of today's Nigeria youth , the youths are largely individual champions traveling narrow paths in a very large terrain." Lai Labode.

In the late 30s , a few young men who had been lucky enough to have tasted western education decided that all Nigerians deserved to have same . The young men began a coordinated demand for education for all Nigerians and better standards for higher education of the time.

The assemblage of these visionary young men led to the birth of the LAGOS YOUTH MOVEMENT  in 1938 . A  political movement that would later challenge  Herbert Macaulay's Nigeria National Democratic Party  for political power had been born . The NNDP prior to the time  had dominated Nigeria's politics for many years.

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